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Stories by Beth Ford Roth

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth On Lockdown After Service Member Stabbed

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Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia is currently on lockdown, after a service member was stabbed outside the Navy exchange on the hospital's grounds. The Navy has identified the suspect as Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell.

Vietnam Veterans Not Fonda UCLA's Choice For Graduation Speaker

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A group of California-based Vietnam veterans is protesting UCLA's selection of actress Jane Fonda as the graduation speaker for the university's School of Theater, Film and Television. The group's "Vets Boycotting Hanoi Jane Fonda" Facebook page has garnered more than 42,000 likes.

Former Camp Pendleton Commanding Officer Tapped As Next Marine Corps Commandant

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General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., commander of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan, has been tapped to be the next Marine Corps commandant. Dunford was commanding officer of the Camp Pendleton-based I Marine Expeditionary Force from 2009-10.

Marine Corps Looking To Find Adoptive Homes For War Dogs

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The Marine Corps' elite improvised explosive device-sniffing dog program is winding down along with the war in Afghanistan, and Corps officials are looking for new homes for many of these highly trained canines.

Death Of Army Captain In Afghanistan Under Investigation

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An investigation is underway into the death of decorated Army Special Forces Capt. Jason B. Jones, 29, who lost his life on June 2, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The Department of Defense reports he died of wounds "received from small-arms."

Ex-Blue Angels Leader Found Guilty Of Condoning Sexually Hostile Workplace

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Ex-Blue Angels leader Capt. Gregory McWherter was found guilty at an Admiral's Mast proceeding on Monday of condoning sexually crude behavior within the elite flight team that created a "destructive, toxic" working environment.

Russian Fighter Jet Got Too Close For Comfort To US Spy Plane (Video)

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Is the Cold War heating back up? The Pentagon briefed reporters Tuesday about an incident on April 23, when a Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Air Force RC-135U spy plane over the Sea of Okhotsk. The Russian jet got within 100 feet of the nose of the U.S. plane.

Study: Iraq War Veterans Sickened By Camp Victory Dust

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New research shows an unique type of titanium-filled dust, found at Camp Victory in Iraq, has been discovered in the lungs of several Iraq War veterans suffering from respiratory illness.

Bowe Bergdahl Hasn't Spoken With Parents Since Release (Video)

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a POW of the Taliban for five years, hasn't yet spoken with his parents since his release from captivity on Saturday, according to military officials. The 28-year-old Bergdahl is currently recovering from his ordeal at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

J.D. Salinger And Other Famous Folks Who Fought On D-Day

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June 6 will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Nazi-occupied Normandy in France, in what was the largest naval invasion in world history. Some of those service members went on to gain fame in literature, sports and film.

U.S. Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Aircraft Crash ID'd As Pfc. Jacob Wykstra

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Army Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, died May 28, in Kandahar Province of injuries he suffered in what the Defense Department calls an "aircraft accident." The Pentagon did not say if it was the same accident as the May 28 U.S. military helicopter crash in Kandahar Province that killed one NATO soldier and injured three Americans.

Camp Pendleton Officer Relieved Of Duty After Marine Drowning (Video)

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An investigation into the Jan. 13 drowning death of Marine Pfc. Joshua Islam, 18, at Camp Pendleton has prompted Marine Corps officials to relieve Maj. Adam W. Burch of his duties as commanding officer of Reconnaissance Training Company at School of Infantry–West.

Military Mom Cindy McCain Outraged Over Gwyneth Paltrow's War Comments

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Actress and lightening rod for controversy Gwyneth Paltrow has outraged military mom Cindy McCain over comments she made comparing the experience of being trolled on the internet to surviving combat in war.

Helicopter Crash In Afghanistan Injures 3 Americans, Kills 1 NATO Soldier

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A NATO soldier was killed and three American soldiers injured when their U.S. military helicopter crashed Wednesday after hitting a communications antenna in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

US Marine Vet Jailed In Mexico Fires Lawyer Before First Court Hearing (Video)

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U.S. Marine veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi fired his attorney prior to his first hearing before a judge in a Tijuana courthouse Wednesday. Tahmooressi has been jailed in Mexico since April 1 on weapons charges, after accidentally crossing the border with guns in his truck.

USS Bataan In Mediterranean Sea To Aid In Possible Libya Evacuations

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As the U.S. State Department urges all American citizens to leave Libya, the USS Bataan has moved into the Mediterranean Sea in case the warship is needed for evacuations from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

Camp Pendleton Marine Sings National Anthem At Padres Game - From Afghanistan (Video)

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Camp Pendleton Marine 1st Lt. Skye Martin, currently deployed to Afghanistan, wowed the crowd at the Padres game on Sunday with a soaring, long-distance performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

9,800 US Troops To Remain In Afghanistan After War's 'Official' End

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Heeding the advice of most military commanders on the ground, President Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. service members in Afghanistan past the official deadline to withdraw combat troops.

A Father Remembers His Son On Memorial Day

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Unlike Veterans Day, which honors all who have served in the military, Memorial Day specifically pays tribute to fallen service members. On this day, the father of Navy CTI2 Matthew Bergman, a 21-year-old sailor from the USS Boxer who was lost at sea in 2011, posted an essay he wrote shortly after his son's death.

Memorial Day Freebies And Discounts For Military Families

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Many nationwide restaurant and retail chains are honoring the military this Memorial Day by offering discounts - and in some cases freebies - to active duty service members and veterans.

Report: Commander Faulted For Deadly Accident On San Diego-Based USS Lawrence

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A 2013 accident on the flight deck of the USS William P. Lawrence that claimed the lives of Lt. Cmdr. Landon L. Jones and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jonathan S. Gibson was the fault of commanding officer Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur - according the Navy admiral overseeing the investigation.

'Flags In' At Arlington, A Memorial Day Tradition (Video)

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Ahead of Memorial Day, the Army's "Old Guard" has placed American flags on each of the 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery in an annual tradition known as "flags in."

Maj. Gen. Berger Tapped To Command I MEF At Camp Pendleton

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President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Maj. Gen. David H. Berger to become the next commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton. Berger is currently the commanding general of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms.

Starting Memorial Day, Military Families Can Visit Museums For Free

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Starting Memorial Day, military families will be able to visit more than 2,000 museums across the country free of charge.

Body Of Marine Who Fell From Osprey Discovered, Identified (Video)

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The search for a missing Marine who fell from an Osprey during a training flight Monday evening has come to a tragic end. The body of the Marine, identified as Steven Hancock, was discovered Tuesday afternoon near a North Carolina highway.

250 US Marines Moved To Italy Due To Unrest In Libya (Video)

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The tumult in Libya has prompted the Pentagon to a crisis-response team of roughly 250 Marines from Morón Air Base in Spain to Sigonella, Sicily - a precaution if Americans need to be evacuated from the embassy in Tripoli.

Search Continues For Missing Marine Who Fell From Osprey (Video)

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A desperate search is underway to find a Marine who fell from a MV-22B Osprey aircraft during a training flight Monday evening in eastern North Carolina.

Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter To Receive Medal Of Honor (Video)

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Retired Marine Corps Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor at a June 19 White House ceremony for heroic actions during combat in Afghanistan - actions that cost him his right eye and most of his jaw.

Marine Corps Female Dress Blue Uniform Could Become Same As Men's

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The Marine Corps has been testing out a redesigned version of the dress blue uniform for both female officers and enlisted women. The proposed new uniform has a dress blue coat similar to the male uniform, with the "traditional high collar."

Soldier From San Diego County Dies In Jordan

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A 19-year-old soldier from San Diego County died May 17 in Amman, Jordan, from what the Defense Department is calling a "non-combat related" injury. Army Spec. Adrian M. Perkins grew up in Pine Valley, which is an unincorporated community located in the Mountain Empire region of San Diego County,

Army Ranger Involved In Jessica Lynch Rescue Dies

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Command Sgt. Maj. Martin R Barreras, 49, who served 22 years as an Army Ranger, died May 13 in Texas from wounds he suffered in Afghanistan. Barreras was involved in the rescue of Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital in 2003.

Flags Lowered To Honor Fallen Soldier From Oceanside

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Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags above the State Capitol to be lowered to half-staff in memory of Army Chief Warrant Officer Deric Rasmussen, 33, who died in Afghanistan on May 11. Rasmussen was a resident of Oceanside.

Sallie Mae Must Compensate Troops $60 Million For Overpaid Student Loans

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Sallie Mae must pay $60 million in refunds to troops for violating a law, called the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, that ensures members of the U.S. military pay no more than six percent interest on student loans.

Tomahawk Fire Jumps Containment Line; Fallbrook Evacuation Orders Lifted

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The 6,000 acre Tomahawk Fire has grown past the containment line and is approaching the city of Fallbrook, the San Diego County sheriff's reports. There is an evacuation order for Olive Hill Road in Fallbrook between Ladera Vista Road and South Mission Road.

US Military Planes, Drones Searches For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls (Video)

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U.S. military surveillance planes and a Global Hawk drone have become part of the search effort to find the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April by the terrorist group Boko Haram. In addition, the Pentagon confirmed 16 U.S. troops are in Nigeria working to locate the missing girls.

Marine Veteran Locked Up In Mexico Moved To 'Safer' Jail (Video)

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Marine Corps combat veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been locked up in a Mexican jail since March 31. His mother told a San Diego television station that thanks to the public outcry in the United States, her son has been moved to a safer jail in Tecate.

Watch Medal Of Honor Ceremony For Army Sgt. Kyle White (Video)

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President Barack Obama will award former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White the Medal of Honor today at the White House. Home Post will live stream the ceremony, which begins at 3:00 PM EDT.

Soldier From Oceanside Dies In Afghanistan

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A soldier originally from Oceanside, Calif., died May 11 in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense reports Chief Warrant Officer Deric M. Rasmussen, 33, was killed in a "non-combat incident." No other specifics as to cause of death were given.

State Capitol Flags Flown Half-Staff In Honor Of Fallen California Soldier

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Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered flags over the State Capitol be flown at half-staff today in honor of fallen California soldier Pfc. Daniela Rojas, 19, who died of a 'non-combat related' illness in Germany on May 3.

Military Should 'Continually Review' Ban On Transgender Troops, Says Hagel

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is making headlines for calling on the U.S. military to "continually review" its ban on transgender troops, saying "every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it."

U.S. Marine Harrier Jet Crashes In Arizona, Pilot Safe (Video)

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A nose laceration was the only injury to a pilot whose Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed about 40 miles south of Phoenix on Friday afternoon. The jet was based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

Camp Pendleton Marines Shave Heads To Support Teen With Cancer

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California teenager Diego Romero is more like a son than a cousin to Staff Sgt. Juan Garcia, a platoon sergeant at Camp Pendleton. So when Diego was diagnosed with leukemia and lost his hair during treatment, Garcia shaved his head as a show of support. And then 19 other Marines in Garcia's platoon shaved their heads to let Diego know that they, too, had his back.

Keep Selling Tobacco On Navy Bases And Ships, Says Rep. Hunter

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Congressman Duncan Hunter of San Diego County wants to put the kibosh on the Navy's plan to ban tobacco sales on ships and exchanges.

USS Rentz Decommissioning Ceremony On Friday (Video)

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The U.S. Navy will decommission the USS Rentz during a special ceremony at Naval Base San Diego on Friday, May 9. The USS Rentz has been in service for nearly three decades.

U.S. Military Involved In Search For Missing Nigerian Girls (Video)

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The Pentagon has announced the American effort to rescue the roughly 250 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram will include members of the U.S. military.

Marine Veteran Jailed In Mexico Gives First Interview (Video)

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U.S. Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi found himself in Tijuana accidentally after missing the last freeway exit in the United States before entering Mexico. After Mexican guards at the border found firearms in his truck, Tahmooressi was thrown in jail on weapons charges. Now, Tahmooressi is giving his first interview from Tijuana's La Mesa Penitentiary since getting locked up March 31.

Army Ranger And Combat Veteran Signs With NFL Team (Video)

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U.S. Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva has signed an NFL rookie free-agent contract to play with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 25-year-old Villanueva played football during his years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, before spending four years in the Army, and earning a Bronze Star during one of his three deployments to Afghanistan.

Soldier From California Killed In Helicopter Crash

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Army Sgt. Dwight W. Burn, 27, was killed Saturday when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during a training exercise near Orogrande, New Mexico. Burn grew up in the Southern California town of Barstow. He leaves behind two young daughters.

Female Soldier From California Dies In Germany

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Army Pfc. Daniela Rojas, 19, died May 3 in Homburg, Germany of a non-combat related illness, according to the Department of Defense. Rojas grew up in Boyle Heights and was a 2012 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles.

Last U.S. Marines Leave Afghanistan's Sangin District (Video)

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About 300 Marines departed Sangin District in Helmand province for the final time Sunday, bringing combat operations to a close in what was one of the bloodiest regions of the war in Afghanistan. Camp Pendleton's Darkhorse Battalion lost 25 Marines during its deployment in Sangin between September 2010 and April 2011.